Wildfire

Wildfire

Status: In Progress

Genre: Romance

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Status: In Progress

Genre: Romance

Summary

The summer is about to get hot in more ways than one.

Summary

The summer is about to get hot in more ways than one.

Chapter1 (v.1) - XD

Author Chapter Note

Noah meets a girl, and she lights his veins on fire. Lena, on the other hand, isn't looking for anything serious.

Chapter Content - ver.1

Submitted: May 15, 2016

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Chapter Content - ver.1

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You can't out run it, the pragmatic voice cut-off any panicked instincts that might take over Lena. You can't out run a wildfire. Wildfires could move over twenty meters in a matter of seconds, but the average woman could run only an average of 6.5 miles an hour, though at the moment, it felt as if she was sprinting twice that.


In fact, Lena had never moved this quickly in her life. Running through the facts in her mind, ever since she realized that the forest was on fire, and that it was bad, she kept herself in a calm frame of mind. Or maybe that was just the shock of the situation. 


Still, she had done everything right in getting herself to the evacuation area, but that stupid dog of hers spun around and went running back towards the fire. WIthout a second thought, Lena shoved her backpack, which contained the most important research that she had grabbed with her when abandoning her research cabin, and chased her dog back in the fire. "Kira!" she had screamed, deaf to the sound of her colleagues, the emergency responders, and even to the smouldering hot fireman, Noah Rowen. Whatever made Kira override all survivor instincts must be important, and Lena wouldn't to leave her dog behind, no matter how upset it made anyone, and that included Noah, the fireman whose crew had burned brush all week, trying to prevent this kind of disaster. He had talked about how dry and arid this was, but that was just California to Lena. He kept coming to the office to buy her ice cream, and she never told him that one of her privileges as a researcher was getting the ice cream for free. 


This wasn't her first wildfire, but she had to admit that it was in one of the worst two that she had ever experienced. Already, it sounded like a frieght train was headed their way. If anything was a sign to get out now, that sound sure was. Kira halted and barked at a family of five, stranded and surrounded by fire on three sides. Lena ran up to the parents, shouting for their attention and then leading them out. 


The heat from the fire behind them was making it hard to run, but Lena led them to a deep crevice carved out by a dying river. Five years ago, Lena had been able to swim in it, the water coming to her chest. The next year, it only touched her waist, but she could still get a good soak. Last year, it had only gone to her knees and now it was up to her shins. 


The youngest child was lagging and Lena realized they were barely able to stay in front of the fire. The child tripped and Lena ran faster than either parent. As she shouted for them to keep moving, Lena grabbed the child and swung him into her arms. She lowered him into the crevice into the arms of his mother, who passed him up the otherside of the crevice, up to his dad. 


Ideally, the crevice would be a good place to stay during a wildfire, but Lena had no intention of waiting to be found in a fire this bad. They would save areas of urban sprawls first, and they wouldn't just be aimlessly looking for people in the fire; they would devote resources to putting it out, and that could take days, even weeks. At seven feet deep and six feet wide, Lena knew that it would act as a naturally blockade for the fire, as it couldn't make it's way across the crevice if there wasn't any fuel to burn on its way. 


Getting Kira up there wasn't the most dignified rescue, but they managed to get the dog onto the other side of the crevice. Immediately, Kira turned around and barked down at her owner, as Lena started to climb her own way out. All the while, the sound of the fire only got louder and louder. The rock slipped beneath Lena, but a strong hold caught her hand before she fell back into the shallow water. Looking up, Lena could make out Noah's face through his fireman gear. 


Her heart skipped a beat, and this time, it wasn't because of the wildfire behind her. What was he doing, he should be fighting the fire, not helping her, or this family. 


She was right about the fire not being able to get easily across the crevice, or rather, Noah was right, as he had somehow managed to slip it into casual conversation a few weeks ago, while they were sitting on it's edge, eating watermelon that Lena had shoved into the cabin's freezer that morning. 


She was taking deeper and deeper breaths and the light seemed strange as it tried to get through the fire and smoke. The further down the slope they ran, the more normal the light became, the less distorted the sun was, and the less smoke filled her lungs. It sounded less like a frieght train now. 


She collapsed when she got back to the base camp for the emergency responders and the firemen, sighing in relief. It wasn't Noah she hugged though, nor the family she helped save. 
She hugged Kira tightly, and said to the furball, "Let's not be heros again." 


And for the hundredth time that summer, she didn't give Noah Rowen, nor his motivations for always seeking her out, a second thought. 

 


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